Monday, January 31, 2011

Under kitchen cabinet lighting.


Today I replaced the florescent fixture that I installed sixteen years ago with a custom set of under cabinet LED lights that a contractor friend gave me. "Free is always a great price!" Now we have lighting spanning both cabinets instead of one light above the coffee pot.

Back door repair


Our back door frame had developed wood rot on the bottom left corner so I spent a few hours yesterday cutting out the rotten wood and repairing it with pressure treated wood. I also replaced the threshold plate since I had to remove it to do the repair.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hard working pup takes a nap!


Poor Marco worked so hard this morning helping me with the door repair that he needed an afternoon nap, lol!

Repairing the side garage door.

Over the years our garage door suffered a rotted threshold plate and need to be replaced. I priced a new pre-hung door and found the $289.00 price tag a bit steep so decided to do the repair myself with Marco’s help!

Replacing the threshold plate. Marco is standing guard at the top right, lol!


Rot removed from both sides of the door frame and plate. Install all new pressure treated lumber and repainted! Since I used lumber, sealant and paint I already had the cost of repair was zero!




Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sunbathing Pups


The sun came out this afternoon so the pups are all outside sunbathing, lol!

Japanese ATV


Today was an exciting day on NASA TV as the Japanese ATV (Automated transfer Vehicle) approached and docked with the International Space Station. I got up at 5:30AM to watch but was disappointed when video signal was lost during the approach and I was treated to an animation, lol! NASA finally showed the filmed approach and docking video taken from the cupola. It was a fantastic view!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Shop

If you have been following the family blog you have no doubt seen that I have been very busy in my spare time working on house hold projects/honey do lists such as the bedroom beautification project, wooden floors in the hall and stairway and wooden floors in the den to name a few.
I thought it might be nice to post a few pictures of my shop in the basement. It is well equipped and comfortable to work in. Hope you enjoy the pictures!


Looking across my layout table in the center of the room at my tool bench.


Looking the other way towards the layout table.


Air compressor station.


Dewalt chop saw station


Delta band saw station.


Delta sanding station.


Delta table saw.


Router station.


New Kreg Jig installed on my layout table.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Purse and briefcase stand


Just finished building this purse and briefcase stand for Beth using parts left over from my headboard project!
Beth was so pleased with it she suggested I build a hallway coat stand.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cold Weather Marco Napping!


During our recent cold wave Marco retreated under a blanket to have his mid day nap exposing only his nose for breathing, lol!

Marco tried so hard to stay awake during yesterdays Falcon football game but lost the battle by half time!



Painted Headboard


Today I painted our headboard project with two coats of satin antique black paint and installed felt foot pads to protect our new wooded floor. I’ll let it dry over night and install it tomorrow.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Queen Size Headboard Project


Using the Kreg Jig that Beth bought me for Christmas I was able to build a queen size headboard for our newly decorated bedroom.

Side rails with caps.


A bit of sanding and a few coats of antique black paint tomorrow and it will be ready to install!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow and Ice!


Our house two days after our recent winter storm!
01/12/2011


Our street was turned into a hockey rink!
01/12/2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow and ice driveway!

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Day 2 of our snow storm. Here's our frozen drive way this morning! The salt just bounces off and slides into the street, lol! Oh and I have no snow shovel!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Playing on the snowy street!

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Four wheelers, inner tubes, a few ropes and kids equal a lot of fun in the snow today!

Snow, snow and more snow!


Monday morning snow total was 6".


Looking north down our street!


Our side yard!


McBirdfeeders is closed today!


Snow wolves at the back door!


The pack staying warm with coffee and coffee cake!


Four wheelers, inner tubes, a few ropes and kids equal a lot of fun in the snow!

Winter Blast January 2011


The snow started around 11PM Sunday evening at the rate of an inch per hour. This storm turned out to be greater than our November 1993 storm!

Jen's Baby Shower


We celebrated Jen’s baby shower on Saturday with presents, games, sandwiches and punch! We all enjoyed the afternoon! Jen is or will have a boy in February.

Bedroom Remodel Project


Start of the new floors.


Finished floors.


Still need to add and paint the quarter round trim, hangs some pictures and install the new bed frame.

Winter Storm January 2011

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We got slammed over night and woke to 6" of snow this morning!!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Maddy and Roxy


Pope John Paul II declared in a public audience
in 1990 that "also the animals possess a soul and
men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren".
He said, too, that they are the "fruit of the creative
action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect," and are
as near to God as men are."

Amen to that!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

RIP Roxy


Our wonderful niece Maddy lost her dog Roxy today.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven,
then when I die I want to go
where they went."
(Will Rogers)

RIP Roxy

Saturday, January 01, 2011